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March 1, 2011

No matter what college-like institution you end up at, there are certain items you really shouldn't underestimate.  I've compiled a list of things that come to mind, times when I thought to myself, "Golly, I really need right now." 1. FEBREEZE Whether you are of the male or female persuasion, Febreeze is a must-have.  Really.  Laundry takes a lot of time to do, it's expensive, and frankly, it's just not worth hauling all of my clothes down three floors, only to have my hopes crushed when all five of the washers are taken.  So if it smells okay, and it's not too wrinkly, just Febreeze that bad boy and you're good to go.  Now, I have to say this: use discretion when you Febreeze.  There are some scents that just can't be masked. 'Nuff said. 2. Sunglasses I started out the year with a pair, and somehow they've...

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February 28, 2011

As midterm week draws nearer and the dread begins to fill my being for this hellish week to come, I try to remind myself regularly that this could be worse. It could be finals week. Spring break could be later in March. I could be doing organic chemistry. That kind of thing. This week, the week before finals, and finals week tend to be the only truly difficult weeks for me at Oxy, if only because for a couple classes, the work concentrates into those weeks - you know the drill, final papers and the like. Fortunately, karate testing doesn't happen until the end of April. I really need the next two months to work on my kata, especially since I was in China last semester. We've got a tournament coming up, but I don't think I'm going to participate; I did once as a white belt, and since I've had the combination of being absent last semester and a couple of annoying injuries that come and go when they feel like it, it's...

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February 27, 2011

it's that time of year again... that's right, it's time to accio the firebolt/nimbus/comet and dominate. for my generation, harry potter is categorized as a nerdy, almost hipster obsession.  the quidditch team at oxy loves it; we flaunt our adulation for rowling and her amazing creation.  but at times, we are not so proud. thursday nights, the quidditch team does the warm up lap on broomsticks in front of the rugby team.  admittedly, its a funny sight, comical even. but it is not a shameful one. collectively though, we are ashamed, timid, and apologetic.  this is ridiculous.  we should never be ashamed of our passion-ever. rowling's series is one of friendship, teamwork, trust, determination, battling adversity, and transcending societal norms.  she encourages persistence, wit, patience, and ambition: if these are not the qualities of an Oxy student, call me a hippogriff and send me to the...

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February 22, 2011

Happy President's Day! I'm just finishing the three-day weekend that Oxy gave us to celebrate the holiday and I would like to share a little of myself with you. I am a sophomore studying to be an economics major and I will probably pursue a history minor. Originally from Fairfield, Connecticut, I came to Oxy (and by extension Los Angeles) to see an entirely new world from what I am used to--LaLa Land has been great so far and I can't wait to share it with you! I like to consider myself a mild computer geek: I read Engadget religiously, subscribe to Wired magazine and have turned into my friends' personal tech support. With my love of computers and technology,  I've found a place on campus where I fit right in. This year, a brand new media service was launched at Oxy: CatAList TV. CatAList is Oxy's...

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February 19, 2011

Hi everybody! It's kind of a wet, gray Friday here in Eagle Rock, but it is Friday nonetheless! This week was V-Week, and tonight is The Vagina Monologues. My friends and I are planning to attend the show. V-Week promotes ending violence against women, and this year they introduced The Penis Chronicles as well. I've been busy with sorority business this week too. Pledging is a process, but I am so excited and I know I made the right choice. We're also coming up on midterms in the next few weeks, so we've started studying. I have a midterm in my Introduction to Media Studies class on Tuesday about the methods of studying media; modernist, avant-garde, and futurist media; and the development of public relations and propaganda. It's really interesting subject matter, but it's brand new for me and as such I will be studying this weekend! Have a great President's Day weekend everyone! Shout out to Alexis Greco, another blogger for the... Read More

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February 19, 2011

My name is Josh Throckmorton and I'm a Junior American studies major from Massachusetts. For me, as a child of the East Coast who grew up on the fields of the Cape Cod Baseball League, California always seemed like a faraway dreamland of sorts. Each summer brought new ballplayers from towns like Irvine, Fullerton, and Long Beach to the Cape, and with them came more and more stories of sunshine, beaches, beautiful women, and baseball for 365 days a year. This place sounded too good to be true; I just had to go there. Originally my goal was to attend one of the bigger schools those Cape Leaguers had come from, but as I matured and realized it was actually a small liberal arts college I wanted, Oxy seemed like the logical choice. It’s sunny and 70 almost the whole year, Hollywood is only a couple miles away, and—more importantly—the baseball season spans twelve months. I couldn’t be happier...

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February 19, 2011

Hello All! My name is Laurel, and I am a freshman here at Oxy. I hail from Boulder, Colorado. I am planning to double major in history and group languages. Since everyone seems to ask this question, I will go ahead and tell you that group languages is a major where you study two languages. The two I am studying are French and Japanese, and I love them both! In my free time, I do karate, dance, sing, play piano, and draw… sometimes sleeping plays a role in my life, too. I am secretary of the Philanthropy Club and I work at Telefund. I am also pledging Kappa Alpha Theta this spring and am super excited about it! I enjoy tea, traveling, cooking, music, and the finer things of life. I like to joke around and don’t take myself too seriously, but I am a very passionate person as well. I have a love-hate relationship with technology, but we’re working things out. Anywho, I will keep you updated on the ins and outs of the freshman year. Oh...

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February 18, 2011

Hey everyone! I’m Alexis Greco. I’m originally from New York (Yankees! Public transportation!), and I’m a sophomore Politics major with either a Religious Studies or Urban & Environmental Policy minor. My favorite class at Oxy right now is Los Angeles Politics with Professor Freer – local LA politics are endlessly interesting, and it’s fairly enlightening to watch the evolution of LA’s demographics and electoral processes. At Oxy, I’m on the ultimate frisbee and step teams as well as being in dancehall for our yearly dance production.  I’ve done O-Team (Orientation team) to welcome new first years as well. I recently joined Delta Omicron Tau, surprisingly… if you come to Oxy, you will see that our Greek life involves a range of people and does not follow the stereotypical formula. It’s essentially a diverse group of enthusiastic, involved, strong women. Outside of...

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February 15, 2011

My name is Rachel Greenstein and I am a junior from San Diego. I am majoring in Economics and minoring in Mathematics. I work at Oxy's Office of Admission, where I help schedule tour guides and recruit student volunteers. I also work for our New Student Orientation, a four-day program that welcomes the incoming students in August. On campus I am a member or Oxy's Alliance for Autonomy, Vote for Equality, and the sorority Delta Omicron Tau. This year I am also participating in Dance Production, an annual show that incorporates many different styles of dance. Every other Tuesday I serve as student representative on the Campus Events Advisory Council (CEAC), which gives me to opportunity to discuss campus events with school administrators. I love my experience at Oxy and I am excited to tell you a little about my very busy life here!

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February 15, 2011

Hi Everybody!  My name is Tim Chang and I am currently a sophomore at Occidental College.  I come all the way to Los Angeles from Boston, MA for my college experience.  So far, my time at Occidental has been everything I've expected and more.  Occidental has a lot to offer in academics and extra-curriculars.  I am a Economics and Sociology major with a minor in Music.  While not in the class room, I take part in activities such as Glee Club, Pulse (the hip hop group), Dance Production, my fraternity, Phi Kappa Psi, while working as a Resident Adviser and managing a graphics design company called The Occidental Agency. I will be sure to keep you all update about these organizations and events!

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